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The tablets under £100 market is pretty dominated by Amazon and with good reason. The Fire HD range offers bump-friendly builds, compatibility with all the apps you expect and long battery life. The Fire HD 10 is one of the larger options and provides a 10.1in Full HD display—boosted by 10% more brightness since the last generation. As it’s an Amazon device, there’s quite obviously support for the Kindle app and Alexa commands here too.

Sometimes cheap laptops can be a bit chunky and unsightly but this Acer device is supremely thin and can even be picked up in a striking pink colour option. It isn’t blessed with tons of power but, as a first laptop or a device for the odd word-processing task, social media browsing or movie-watching, it’ll do the job. Despite its low price, it remains eligible for a nice new Windows 11 upgrade as well.

No it’s not an iPad, and that’s a good thing. The Paperwhite has been a boon for the Kindle brand, favouring simplicity over all other concerns. If you like e-readers then trust us there’s almost nothing to beat this device, especially at this stunningly low price. You get an adjustable light to go with a battery that can last weeks. Oh, and its waterproof as well, so pool-side or bath time reading is perfectly acceptable. This one is the previous generation, but if you want the latest go for the ‘All-new’ Kindle Paperwhite (down £25 to £105).

Budget laptops may not seem so budget to many, with quite a few offerings boosting the price steadily to gain attention with traditionally higher quality features. You can forget all that with the HP Stream. This laptop is ideal for a child’s first laptop or a device for those with extremely low requirements. It’s an unassuming device with decent battery life and a simple design.

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It’s rare to see a discount this chunky on a laptop that was just recently released but that’s exactly what we have here with this stellar Asus machine. Asus VivoBook range is known for its reliability with some impressive budget options. However, this Pro model takes things to another level with a crisp 4K OLED display, the latest 11th Gen Core i5 processor from Intel and an Nvidia GPU onboard. It’s an impressive combination that’s enhanced further by a hefty 1TB SSD and decent 16GB RAM.

Samsung’s recent laptop releases have represented good form after a few years of inconsistency. The Galaxy Book Pro is super thin at just 11.2mm thick and weighs in at just 868g—making it an ideal commuter device. Despite its light weight, it still packs a ton of power and impressive battery life. You’ll be able to upgrade this device to Windows 11 as well towards the end of this year or early next.

Lenovo’s hybrid Chromebook is a great option if you’ve looked at this style of tablet before but not wanted to pay premium Microsoft Surface or Apple iPad prices. It’s extremely portable, making it ideal for taking to class or working in a coffee shop. You are slightly limited by ChromeOS but, if your workload is writing essays, browsing the web or watching movies, this is ideal.

Access to Adobe’s popular suite of creative programs doesn’t come cheap so having its price cut by a third is an offer not to be sniffed at. This plan gives you Photoshop CC, Lightroom and 20GB of cloud storage for one year and it’s redeemable on PC or Mac.

We’re all developing new working habits in our WFH/hybrid reality. So Moleskine’s Smart Writing Set, which transfers notes and doodles made with its Pen + Ellipse and ‘Paper Tablet’ notebook to smartphone and tablet apps, might make a lot more sense in the home office than it did last year.

Gaming laptops can be pricey devils but the Asus TUF range is often the most inviting when it comes to price, especially with a neat £150 off right now. For your money, you get a Full HD 144Hz panel, the latest Intel Core i5 processor and RTX 350 GPU.

Outdoor and Fitness Deals

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Salomon is a revered name in the hiking shoe world. Its Salomon X Reveal GTX shoes are a good option for a pair you can wear for walking weekend, and just normal wet days. They have a Gore-Tex waterproofing layer but could pass for a normal pair of trainers. A low-rise design means these are not ideal for craggy mountain walks unless you really know what you’re doing. But for everything else? Perfect. 

Almost all smart wrist-situated tech offers some kind of fitness capabilities these days but Garmin remains one of the best for the true outdoors folk. Along with your typical smartwatch exercise features, the Garmin can detect a wide range of activities from snowboarding to stand-up paddleboarding. It’s also made for the rough-and-tumble, with a rugged build and up to 14 days of battery life.

These hiking boots are made in the classic mould. That means they have a leather upper, rather than relying on technical fabrics for water and wind resistance. As such, they should wear well. And you can already tell, they look good. Grisport’s boots are made in Italy and use a Vibram sole, which is highly durable. 

You know you’re getting a solid, dependable action cam with GoPro, so we’re delighted to find this offer in the Cyber Monday madness. The specs on offer in this model are class-leading: 5.3K/60p and 4K/120p recording and HyperSmooth 4.0 image stabilisation. This makes the GoPro Hero10 Black not only the best in its class right now, this deal also represents the cam’s cheapest price yet. The package even throws in a 1-year GoPro Subscription.

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Want to get fit? Shun the herd using fancy connected running machines and instead go for something that offers a much more efficient all-body workout instead. The deal on the Hydrow rowing machine secures you a tasty £500 off the machine’s typical price, which you can then put towards the £38 per month membership offering access to 3,000 workouts streamed to your home. Yes this is still pricey, but we’ve tried Hydrow, and we liked it a lot.

Since we went lockdown-tastic trying to get a decent deal on high-end bike turbo trainers has been nigh-on impossible. But thankfully we’ve finally got one for you. You can grab the Tacx Flux 2 Smart for £150 off at Amazon right now. Riders get 2,000W maximum resistance, so you can simulate inclines of up to 16 degrees (if you really want to punish yourself). Turbo trainers also work really well with cycling apps like Zwift, if you want to make indoor training more engaging.

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Electric bikes are not only good for you, they are enormous fun. The hefty price tags inevitably put people off, however. This is why we were so pleased to see almost £1,000 off this BMC cycle, which is a full-carbon bike with upwards of 100 miles of range. The 5-speed hub gear and a belt drive should give you miles of riding without too many maintenance worries. Plus useful extras such as integrated lights, mudguards and pannier rack are included. The final flourish? This BMC weighs just 18kg, which is at the lower end of the scale for e-bikes.

Not quite the same discount as the Tacx listed above, but still the Flow Smart is one of the most affordable ways to get hooked on at-home training (especially now the weather has turned). Despite being a gateway device, it’s very much a full smart turbo trainer, so the resistance can be automatically controlled by most popular cycling apps. And remember: the price of these turbo trainers reached silly proportions during lockdown, so this £70 discount is more than welcome.

Smart Home Deals

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Whip up enough cups o’ joe for a full house of guests this festive period with this effortlessly attractive cafetiere from Bodum. The copper-finished French press boasts a one-litre capacity and heat-resistant borosilicate glass.

Air fryers are very much all the rage, offering up oil free cooking but still with crispy results. This Proscenic air fryer is our best budget air fryer, based on our testing. It has plenty of room with a 5.5ltr capacity and a basket that’s dishwasher friendly. On the tech side, there’s a simple LED touch screen as well as an app for idea inspiration.

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For those who aren’t yet into robot vacuums and prefer to put a bit of elbow grease into it, this Shark vacuum is invitingly well-priced. Its Anti-Hair Wrap technology is at the forefront, preventing the peskiest of vacuum jams. The vacuum itself will run for up to 40 minutes and comes with a simple removable battery for easy charging. The flexing stem also makes this cleaner ideal for getting under furniture and the like.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday inevitably brings plenty of discounts on Amazon products, with the Echo Dot being a sales season staple. But this bundle sets you up nicely to get your smart home rolling, with two Echo Dots and a handy Smart Plug. These are the previous version of the Echo Dots, which may appeal if the latest orb-shaped versions don’t take your fancy. If you think you may just be in need of a new smart plug, then the Amazon Smart Plug (down to £15) is a tenner off all on its own.

The fabled French cookware brand’s iconic casserole dishes are rarely discounted, and £44 is a meaty enough chunk of a saving to whet any self-respecting home chef’s appetite. Built to last for decades, this 24cm oval casserole is made of enamelled cast iron and finished in Le Creuset’s signature “Volcanic” colour way.

This De’Longhi coffee machine is a feature rich tech marvel. It comes equipped with grinding sensors to ensure a consistent coffee along with a smart tamping station for getying the correct pressure as well as active temperature control. For the creatives among you, there’s even a My LatteArt steam wand for getting that presentation on point.

Smart home security is available now with all the bells and whistles but this reasonably priced single camera system from Blink is a simple way to keep an eye on your home through your phone. This wire-free camera can be placed up on a wall and, along with HD recording and motion detection, has infrared to keep watch during the night too. If you want an all-encompassing system, check out the 4-camera system (£145) down from £275.

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Faffing with your age-old thermostat will have likely been a pain in your neck for many years. Now, smart thermostats have been around for a quite a while and this cheap and cheerful Tado can help you out if you’ve not yet upgraded. Along with a simple device to stick on your wall and control things there, you can use the Tado app to keep things in check from your phone. If you’re feeling particularly chilly, there’s Heating Boost to quickly get things toasty in 30 minutes as well as Smart Schedules to accommodate your home’s routine.

Those who have made the switch from instant or pod coffee to a bean-to-cup coffee machine will be able to wax lyrical about the difference it can make—and it doesn’t have to be a timely process. This automatic espresso and cappuccino maker offers simple options for customisation and can brew two cups at once. The grinder itself is silent and there’s also a milk frother built-in too. If you’re worried about the cleaning, this machine comes with an integrated clean function that runs after each use.

We’re big fans of the Eve mattress and crowned it our favourite bed-in-a-box pick for those who suffer from restless nights. The 1,500 full sized springs aim to help you to feel weightless while sleeping—a particularly impressive feat for a mattress that comes in a tightly packed box.

Whether you’re lost in a good book or too busy wrangling the kids to answer the door, a video doorbell is a handy way to deal with folks darkening your door right from your phone. Along with being able to respond to visitors from anywhere in your home, it offers up 1080p quality footage, a built-in siren and night vision. It’s also a doorbell.

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Yes, this is on the pricey end of the scale, but we’ve previously badged the Sony A7 III “the best all-round mirrorless camera under £2,000”, but now it’s considerably cheaper thanks to this tasty Cyber Monday deal. This top-quality full-frame snapper is equally at home capturing 24.2MP stills or 4K video, is a solid bargain at this price.

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Of course, Amazon’s latest and greatest smart speakers have received a discount. The Echo Dot 4th Gen ditched the puck look for a less pedestrian and more futuristic orb design. Along with the revamped build, you get improved sound and microphones, with this model coming with a handy clock too.

A swift way to add a bit of joy and colour to your dour office space or glum TV stand is lightstrips. Lightstrips, like this option from Lifx, can be easily attached to a surface, giving a wall or piece of furniture a delightful glow. This strip works with Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit—without the need for a bridge. You likely won’t get bored, with eight zones per strip to customise with your colour of choice and the option to run effects as well. 

With the likes of the Oculus Quest 2, Facebook has shown a capability to make decent hardware. The Portal is a decent dedicated video calling device, offering smart camera and sound for letting you wander while you chat. There’s child-attention-keeping cleverness in the form of Story Time and AR effects. The Portal, naturally, works with Messenger and WhatsApp. It also works with Alexa and can display photos when not in use.

If you’re sick of trailing a vacuum around, this mid-tier option from Ecovacs can do the job for you. It comes with laser tech to avoid bumping into things it shouldn’t and it’s also great for both low-pile carpets and hard floors. There’s multi-floor mapping too, a handy feature even if this robovac can’t yet climb stairs.

Light bulbs with customisable colours are on one level. Nanoleaf takes things about ten levels above, enabling clever designs and colour combinations with its Canvas squares. The designs can be easily switched up and reorganised due to a modular build. It doesn’t end with just setting up a colourful pattern you like either. Canvas can be synced to change according to the music you’re listening to or, even, mirror the colours on your screen.

Headphones Deals

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New AirPods 3 (£169) may have just hit the shelves but a price hike for the 3rd Gen earbuds from Apple may be a key point of persuasion for sticking to the older models. For under £100, there’s no frills, with just wired charging on offer from this case. However, you get the extreme convenience of using these alongside your iPhone, decent sound and support for issuing voice commands to Siri.

Now, Samsung’s latest buds are aimed squarely at taking on the original AirPods, and these earphones  undercut the overpriced new AirPods 3 by some margin. If you’re using them with a Samsung phone expect a pairing experience and user journey that’s simplicity itself, but they also work just fine with other Android mobiles, of course. As a final two-fingers to Apple’s latest entry-level buds, you get active noise cancellation here as well, alongside a stylish range of colours other than “just white”.

This is the cheapest the Jabra 75T Active true wireless earphones have been to date on Amazon. They are among the best sports earphones you can buy, thanks to their IP57 water resistance and powerful sound, which can help when you’re flagging during a run. Unlike the newer Jabra 85T, this pair did not launch with active noise cancellation, but Jabra added a moderately effective version of the feature in a firmware update. Other Jabra paris including the less water resistant Jabra 75T and newer Jabra 85T are on sale as part of Cyber Monday too.

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Most Cyber Monday headphone deals are for the trendy kind of pair: wireless ANC headphones or true wireless earphones. The Sennheiser HD 660 S are old-school, a pair of open-back hifi headphones that will blow most lifestyle sets out of the water for transparency and width. You can only really wear them indoors, they are cabled and they leak sound freely. But if you want a set for late-night movies or gaming, they are excellent. Amazon’s pricing is, just as promised, the lowest price you can get, at £85 lower than that of most other retailers.

These mid-range open back headphones excel at home listening. Their open air cups keep your ears cool and lead to a much more, you guessed it, “open” sound. They will thoroughly outclass almost all sub-£100 wireless headphones for audio quality. However, don’t buy them for outdoors use. This “special edition” is simply a custom colour only sold at Amazon. This deal represents a roughly £50 saving, but some retailers sell this pair for £88 more.

Wearables & Fitness Deals

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Billed as the ultimate multi-sport smartwatch, the Fenix 6S is built for the great outdoors with a 3-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter joining the usual GPS, heart-rate tracker, and pulse oximeter. It also has an always-on display, Garmin Pay support, and long battery life. We liked the Fenix 6 Pro, and the Fenix 6S Pro is also on sale for £380 (£230 off).

Unless you are desperate for the latest and greatest, we would steer you towards the bigger savings that are available on last year’s model, but that’s not to say we don’t appreciate the charms of the Charge 5. It has everything the Charge 4 has and adds a colour screen and a slimmer design with a stainless steel case.

If you’re prepared to play a waiting game, these latest Gen 6 watches from Fossil are worth consideration. They run Wear OS but at present have the “old” version, not the new style seen in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Current Wear OS is tired but this series is due to get an update next year. If you love the style and don’t mind living with creaky software for a few months, this £80-off deal may make a lot of sense.

The Oppo Watch might be as close as you can get to an Apple Watch for Android, at least in terms of looks. The 1.6-inch AMOLED display is a highlight, and the fitness tracking is solid. It also features NFC, GPS, and heart-rate tracking, but there’s no escaping the derivative design (not necessarily a bad thing), and the battery life is limited.

We praised the long battery life and smart looks of the Huawei GT 2 in our best smartwatches guide but noted that the feature set is quite basic. A sharp 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen sits in a stainless steel case, and there’s built-in fitness and health tracking with support for inboard music. But you don’t get any mobile payment support or apps to download.

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Probably the best choice for Android phone owners seeking a slick smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch4 marks a departure for Samsung as it leaves Tizen OS behind and adopts Wear OS 3, Google’s smartwatch platform. The Watch4 boasts a lovely screen, smooth performance, and granular fitness tracking. Sadly, battery life for the smaller model is limited, and app support on Wear OS is still lacking.

When fitness is your main priority, Fitbit has you covered. We appreciate the long battery life, fitness and sleep tracking, and the built-in GPS in this smartwatch. It also has Alexa and Google Assistant on board, but your choice of apps is limited.

Refreshingly lightweight with a slick interface and real depth in its exercise tracking, the Garmin Venu 2 is a great pick for regular exercisers looking to get more out of those workouts. You can expect strong battery life, water resistance, GPS, and heart-rate tracking. There’s NFC, too, but not every bank supports Garmin Pay, and apps are limited.

The flagship Fitbit Sense includes everything that makes the Versa 3 great but comes in a more premium package that includes some interesting health features. The Sense can read electrodermal activity, check your blood oxygenation, and perform an ECG scan. This gives you a warning about any breathing difficulties while you sleep or irregular heart activity that you should have checked out by a doctor.

Bluetooth trackers are such a simple idea that it’s surprising it took Apple and Samsung so long to get on board. Now they are, you can pick up Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTags at a super cheap price and its just very helpful when it comes to losing your keys, your bag or frankly anything you can slip this diddy tracking in.

This classy hybrid smartwatch passes easily for a traditional timepiece, but there is a tiny PMOLED display beneath the physical hands. A stainless steel case and sapphire glass face promise durability, and there is blood oxygen tracking, ECG functionality, and breathing detection that can pick up on sleep apnea. It can also track workouts and sleep, but there is little in the way of additional smartwatch features.

Smartphone Deals

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Quite simply the best Android phone you can buy right now, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra is a premium behemoth that does it all. Samsung’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach means you get a huge, 6.8-inch display that runs at 120Hz, a versatile quad-lens camera, fast charging, and speedy performance. The only downside to this powerful and stylish curved glass sandwich is the so-so battery life.

If the Ultra feels like overkill, you might prefer the regular Galaxy S21. It has a 6.2-inch AMOLED with the same coveted, buttery smooth 120Hz refresh rate. You also get a versatile triple-lens camera, Samsung’s Exynos 2100 processor, and reasonably good battery life, though it can’t charge as quickly as its superior sibling.

A fiver off isn’t a huge discount, it’s true – but if you’re looking for a pocket-sized power bank to keep your USB-chargeable gadgets juiced up on the go, you could do a lot worse. The 6,700mAh capacity battery will maintain 95% of its charge even if untouched for six months, and the charge-through function means it can top up your devices while it is charging up itself.

While the quality of OnePlus phones has been steadily rising, so have the prices. The OnePlus 9 Pro is a strong alternative to Samsung’s flagship. It has a 6.67-inch AMOLED that runs at 120Hz, a Snapdragon 888 processor, and a quad-lens camera developed in partnership with Hasselblad. It is the best shooter the manufacturer has turned out yet, though it can be a little inconsistent.

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Cutting-edge features and premium design touches are quicker than ever to filter down to the budget end of the smartphone market today, and the Galaxy A52s is a prime example. With a 6.5-inch, 120Hz, Super AMOLED display, a quad-lens camera, and IP67 water resistance, this is a lot of phone for the money. It lacks wireless charging and can stutter from time to time.

The headline here is the unbelievably fast 120W wired charging, but you do also get a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 888 processor, and a fairly good triple-lens camera, though it does lack a telephoto lens. There’s also no wireless charging, and Xiaomi’s software can take some getting used to.

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The budget version of a two-year-old Google flagship might not seem appealing at first glance, but this phone has a lot to recommend it. The camera performance is stunning, considering there’s only a single 12.2MP lens, and that’s largely down to Google’s software smarts. This is a good choice for people seeking a slick, straightforward, smaller phone that does the basics well.

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The HomePod Mini was already one of Apple’s best-value gadgets, and Black Friday/Cyber Monday has brought us £20 off an already good deal. It’s one of the most coherent-sounding mini speakers, and has a neat colour display up top, just like the original HomePod. A HomePod Mini makes a great music speaker for your office, a bedside unit or just a way to talk to Siri, if that’s your bag. You need an Apple device like an iPhone or iPad to set it up, which is the only major drawback here.

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